Total Time
Prep 6 mins
Cook 2 mins

This is something that I've done for years in order to perk up my oatmeal without adding calories. It takes a few minutes, but is worth it. I came up with the idea when I was tiring of the taste of plain oatmeal.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 12 cup plain oatmeal (of your choice, but follow the serving size on the package)
  • 1 cup water (again, follow the serving size on the package)


  1. Heat a medium skillet--I use cast iron--until it is medium hot to very hot.
  2. Put all of the oatmeal that you will be cooking in the pan.
  3. Stir constantly over medium high heat until oatmeal is just this side of dark brown. This gives it a nutlike flavor -- without the nuts and without the calories.
  4. Cook as per box instructions.
  5. You may add other cinnamon & sugar and/or raisins, but mind the calories.
Most Helpful

I loved this method. Admittedly, I botched the first round and over browned the oats and they started to smell a bit burnt. So I chucked that batch and started again. Yummy results and I'll definitely make it again. Thanks for the recipe!

mums the word February 18, 2014

This was a wonderful surprise for our morning breakfast. It definitely tasted nuttier and I think alot better than just the plain oatmeal. Thanks for this idea! Made for PAC Spring 2012.

nemokitty April 02, 2012

I was very pleasantly surprised at the differance this method made in the taste of the oatmeal. I usded Steel Oats as that's what we prefer, and served with a sprinkle of cinnamon, teaspoon of brown sugar and a pat of butter. Made for a very pleasant breakfast on this cold morning. Even DH enjoyed and he doesn't usually eat oatmeal EVER. What a great idea you had I'll be doing this from now on. Made for Spring PAC 2011

Bonnie G #2 March 09, 2011